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Daddy Day Care Reviews


Time Out
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January 26, 2006
Ed Park
Village Voice
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[Murphy's] charming enough in this restrained mode.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

May 13, 2003
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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It's one of the worst movies of the year.

Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper

May 12, 2003
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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Murphy is so oddly bland in Daddy Day Care that it seems like he sleepwalked through the making of the film.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 1/4

May 9, 2003
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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Tepid attempt at comedy.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2/5

May 9, 2003
Mary Brennan
Seattle Times
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Daddy Day Care doesn't rank with the most awful of the Murphy turkeys, but it's definitely flat as a pancake, fueled by bathroom humor, listless pratfalls and recycled, borderline-offensive jokes about the ineptitude of men as caretakers.

| Original Score: 2/4

May 9, 2003
C.W. Nevius
San Francisco Chronicle
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A harmless and amusing summer comedy.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

May 9, 2003
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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Murphy looks comatose delivering the played-out poopy jokes.

| Original Score: 1/4

May 9, 2003
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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I don't know whether [Murphy] has lost his mojo, or just his edge. I just hope he finds it before his next movie.

| Original Score: 2/4

May 9, 2003
Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
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It's pitched at kids, but adults will be guffawing too.

| Original Score: 4/5

May 9, 2003
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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Murphy is now as sweet and safe as Jell-O pudding. And about as exciting.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger

May 9, 2003
Christine Dolen
Miami Herald
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Daddy Day Care is one of those 'trailer' movies: All the good stuff, such as it is, is shown in the previews. But padded to feature length, the movie is mediocre.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 1.5/4

May 9, 2003
Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
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Eddie Murphy hasn't made a good movie in so long, I'm starting to think his bad choices are deliberate.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: C-

May 9, 2003
Tom Long
Detroit News
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Family films we need. Films like this, we never need.

| Original Score: D-

May 9, 2003
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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A scentless bouquet of potty jokes, crotch kicks, and Scooter-P.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 9, 2003

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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May 9, 2003
Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
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Made with care and intelligence as well as a sense of fun.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

May 9, 2003
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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The humor is strictly potty-level, with its biggest laughs reserved for pee-pee gags and the inevitable gas-passing.

Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press | Original Score: 2/4

May 9, 2003
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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Easy-on-the -sensibilities family film.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

May 9, 2003
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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Rent Mr. Mom instead, and have a family night in.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 1.5/4

May 9, 2003
Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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Daddy Day Care may communicate with kids, too, but it should have spent a little more time communing with the comedy gods.

| Original Score: D+

May 9, 2003
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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A film so wrong-headed audiences will be more appalled than amused.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 1/4

May 9, 2003
Jason Anderson
Globe and Mail
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Nothing that happens in the story will surprise anyone who's been watching movies for longer than the last two weeks.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2/4

May 9, 2003
Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
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The most astonishing thing about Daddy Day Care, a comedy that would have to work harder even to justify the appellation uninspired, is that a kick in the groin is now a joke for toddlers.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 1/5

May 9, 2003
Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
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If you attend the movie with your expectations lowered by Murphy's recent films, you'll be reasonably amused.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

May 9, 2003
Megan Lehmann
New York Post
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Only really little tykes will find the surplus of pratfalls and poo and fart jokes a hoot.

| Original Score: 2/4

May 9, 2003
Todd McCarthy
Variety
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Audiences ready, willing and able to find their inner four-year-old may have a decent time at 'Daddy Day Care,' but others are likely to find Eddie Murphy's latest foray into kidpicdom scarcely more amusing than spending 90 minutes in a pre-K classroom.

Full Review Source: Variety

May 8, 2003
Manohla Dargis
Los Angeles Times
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I laughed a couple of times, but mostly I was bored out of my mind and not a little depressed.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 1/5

May 8, 2003
Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
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It's saddening to watch the majestic Ms. Huston reduced to playing a robotic comedy target that exists just to be ridiculed.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: C-

May 8, 2003
Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
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A pleasant if predictable romp.

| Original Score: 3/5

May 8, 2003
Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
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This is Eddie in the comfort zone, coasting on riffs and bits lifted from Mr. Mom and Kindergarten Cop.

| Original Score: 2/4

May 8, 2003
John Anderson
Newsday
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Those wishing to contribute to the ongoing prosperity of a shamefully wasted natural resource will find a mortified movie badly in need of potty training and a star who has attained the American Dream of doing the least work for the most amount of money.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 1.5/4

May 8, 2003
Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Aimed at viewers young enough still to need day care.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 8, 2003
Jon Strickland
L.A. Weekly
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Daddy Day Care feels like a movie cribbed together from outtakes of other hapless Hollywood comedies.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

May 8, 2003
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
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A likable little movie without much to offer but cute tots, recycled gags and a talented cast amiably wasting their time and ours.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2/4

May 8, 2003

Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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It's Jackass for the pre-juvie crowd.

Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

May 8, 2003
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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It takes a strong stomach to hold down what Daddy Day Care force-feeds its audience.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 1.5/4

May 7, 2003
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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The adult actors ... crawl without security blankets through a playpen script by Geoff Rodkey (who once stayed home with his son while his wife worked!) and Simon Says direction by Steve Carr.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: D

May 7, 2003
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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This is a family film that refuses to entertain any family member over age 10.

May 5, 2003
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